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Why has the Covid-19 daily death toll been revised?

A review of how Covid-19 deaths are calculated in England has reduced the UK death toll by more than 5,000.

But what is the new methodology and why have the figures changed?

– How was the death toll data calculated previously?

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) daily figures represents the number of reported deaths in all settings of people who have tested positive for Covid-19.

Previously, Public Health England (PHE) fed into this data by including anyone who had died following a positive coronavirus test at any point.

Data from Public Health Wales, Health Protection Scotland and the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency is also included in the DHSC statistics.

– Why was publication of the daily death figure paused?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered an urgent review into how PHE calculated Covid-19 death figures after researchers criticised “statistical flaws” in the way England’s deaths were reported.

Professors Yoon Loke and Carl Heneghan raised concerns that anyone who had ever tested positive for Covid-19 and then died was included in England’s death figures – even if they have died from something else.

They said that no patient was allowed to recover from the virus because “anyone who has tested Covid positive but subsequently died at a later date of any cause will be included” in the data.

– How are the deaths being calculated now?

From now on, authorities will include the number of deaths that have occurred within 28 days of a positive lab-confirmed Covid-19 test result each day.

DHSC says that the approach will be used in all four UK nations.

Experts previously said the issue with the data only related to England, as Scotland and Northern Ireland were already using the 28-day cut-off method.

– What are the updated figures?

Officials said as of Wednesday August 12 that the number of all deaths in patients testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK within 28 days was 41,329.

Earlier Government figures said 46,706 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, as of 5pm on Tuesday.

This means the coronavirus death toll has been revised down by more than 5,000.

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